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Snow Images

It's snowing! Wow! Let's get out there - catch it, feel it, express it - get it all down somehow...on paper...on canvas...trudge through the snow carrying THE KIT....get exhausted even before you start. But there is something there, something about those moments, those nuances of colour, those reflections in the whiteness, so they are no longer blank-white, but full of shades, tones and above all - colour. Snow is so rare in the UK that when it comes you want to make the most of it. So here are a few attempts, experiments - results even. Almost all are done on the spot but there are one or two from sketches and even inspirations from a photograph or two. With a photo you can work something up in a warm studio...but careful! Very tempting! Personally I don't feel you can't beat those moments, feet in the snow, hands in warm mitts, thick woolly hat on top and guy-ropes stopping everything from getting blown away in the wind. Something of all of that finds its way into the painting, bringing hopefully just a taste of the wonder of it all.

Old Birch in the Snow
Old Birch in the Snow
A wonderful twisted birch tree in a clearing of the Rothiemurchus Forest, Aviemore. From a pen-and-watercolour sketch on the spot. Oil on board 2021; 400X610
The Avenue
The Avenue
Pale evening sunlight filters through the avenue, Rosehaugh Estate, Black Isle. Oil on board, Jan 2019; 350X250
Mid-Winter Bleak...
Mid-Winter Bleak...
Last touches of daylight. Moments of bitter-cold beauty. Fences and trees etched dark in mid-winter bleak...
Winter Evening, Rosehaugh Estate; Oil on board, 2019; 250X350
Ben Eighe -  Early Snow
Ben Eighe - Early Snow
A composite impression from three separate visits to Ben Eighe, West Highlands; 2019; Oil on canvas, 800X600
Kinder Scout, Derbyshire
Kinder Scout, Derbyshire
Just off the Snake Pass with the easel held down by a rock against gale for winds. That was in the early '90s! Completed in the 2020 lock-down. Oil on canvas 580X440.
Drummarkie Woods
Drummarkie Woods
Impressions and expressions above Fortrose in fresh snow, Feb 2021. Cold, tiring but exhilarating! Oil on board, 250X350
Left-Behind Bale
Left-Behind Bale
After a spring-blizzard, March 2020 on Mount Pleasant, Black Isle. A solitary left-behind bale settles deeper behind a fence. Oil on board 390X460
Ben Eighe and Birches
Ben Eighe and Birches
Ben Eighe Winter
Started plein-air and finished in the studio, 386X570. Oil on board. 2018
Winter Track
Winter Track
Above Fortrose and a track through the snow by 'Little Red Den', Feb, 2021. Oil on board 350X350.
Cross-Country Skier
Cross-Country Skier
A quick pen and ink sketch of a cross-country skier near Loch Morlich, Cairngorms, 2018. 200X150.
Gate in the Snow
Gate in the Snow
Out walking with Fulstone - our dog. No painting gear - so a camera becomes a sketch-book. Fields above Fortrose, Jan 2021; Studio oil on canvas later: 410X410
Gleann Eanaich
Gleann Eanaich
After a 5-mile mountain-bike trek in the Cairngorms. Looking up towards Larig Ghru, 2018. Plein-Air oil on board. Studio-work later; 250X350.
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